HEART of GOLD
27.06.2016 A love that blossomed on the stage, CECILIA DUNN and BRENDAN MACDONALD’S winter wedding brought a touch of vintage glamour and a dash of sparkle.
Brendan and I met at performing arts school. We toured the country together, me as a dancer and him as a guitarist, instantly bonding over our shared passion for creativity and adventure. One year on, Brendan proposed in front of Kitekite Falls, before whisking me away for lunch in the Sky Tower plus a spot of go-karting, and watching the sunset from Mount Eden.
We wanted a church wedding and St Paul’s in Devonport made it possible to hold our ceremony and reception in one place. Its exposed beams, brick walls and skylight archway made the ideal setting for our vintage theme.
As decoration, we hung red curtains from the ceiling, accompanied by strings of glowing festoon lights. For extra colour, Flowers of Franklin fashioned bouquets of roses – my favourite flower – in shades of red and dusty pink with ranunculus and berries for added texture.
Our winter wedding influenced our colour palette of warm gold, burgundy and navy. My five bridesmaids wore floor-length, sparkly
SOMETHING I LEARNED “A winter wedding gives you more choice in vendors, as they tend to have more availability. Hold it on a weekday and you may even get a discount.”
gold gowns from Mirabella Dresses, while I used the colours as inspiration for my makeup. I went for dark, smoky eyes with a deep burgundy lip. My hair was styled into an elegant 1950s updo.
I’d dreamed of a sexy gown with a vintage feel but a modern touch, and Anita from Vinka Design created exactly what I was after. My dress had a sheer high neck and long sleeves adorned with floral lace, and the skirt fanned out into layers of sheer tulle finished with delicate pearl detailing down the spine and wrists.
Brendan wore a navy suit with a white shirt and black waistcoat from Hallensteins. A burgundy bow tie finished his look, while his groomsmen were decked out in classic black suits with white rose boutonnières.
Our three-tiered chocolate and vanilla cake was created by my dear friend Nicole, accompanied by a candy bar stocked with M&Ms, mints and gummy treats.
We had technical difficulties with the music during our reception, so improvised with a guitar and one of our groomsmen, Alex. At the time we thought it was a disaster, but on reflection the live music made our celebration of 120 guests much more intimate. In fact, it’s become one of my favourite memories of the day.